Our Team

Carol Fletcher - Head of Tommy Flowers Institute

Fun Facts
I’ve been a Guide leader, for over 20 years and I currently run a group in Ipswich.
I love gardening, although I’m not sure my garden looks as loved as it could do!
I am mostly found with a cup of tea.

About my work me
My role is all about skills – making sure that we have a pipeline of people with the right skills, either working for us or with us - to carry on the world-leading, purposeful innovation that BT has been doing since 1837.

My team works across a broad spectrum of activities; working with schools and teachers to get them excited and about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and the sorts of exciting careers STEM subjects can lead to; developing apprenticeship and graduate programme to develop future researchers. We engage with over 30 universities around the world, collaborating to push the boundaries on major technical challenges.

Through the Tommy Flowers Institute, we’re connecting the new generation of researchers with industry to understand the big problems which need inter-disciplinary research to solve them and to ensure the next cohort of research leaders have the right skills.

I’ve been in BT since 1999, working in a variety of roles in  research and the management of our research programme. I have a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in physics, from the University of Cambridge.



Sarah Mackenzie - Tommy Flowers Institute Communications Liaison

Fun Facts
I an completely horse crazy. I have my own 4-legged friends and I enjoy riding with my daughter.

I also have the most handsome black Labrador called 'Flapjack' - who my son is training as a gun dog.

About my work me
I work in the Strategic University Research programme and look after the customer relationships with Pembroke College Cambridge and Imperial College London. I organise customer workshops and enjoy linking up industry and academia to build on and create new collaborations

I am responsible for the communications in the team and publish a communications brief for within BT and externally to our customers

I look forward to building some new relationships at the Tommy Flowers Institute Conferences.



Rika Nauck - Event Choreography, Social Media and Student Liaison

Fun Facts
In 2006 I won a bodybuilding competition.

I love travelling by motorcycle and am riding my own 900cc Triumph Legend.

I recently took up fishing and found that live bait is quite something to get used to. I might just take a course in fly fishing and stick to the pretty artificial lures.

About my work me
I am part of the Strategic University Research team which is the 'Tommy Flowers Institute' HQ. I am the Adastral Park liaison, organising everything 'within', and I am looking after our students during their summer placements.

I am supporting Carol in organising and running the conferences and in building and maintaining the supporting programme, and running the social media and this website.

Additionally I am the work experience co-ordinator for Adastral Park.

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